Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Jan 18)
Votive Mass of Our Lady
Introit • Heb. 4, 16
Let us go with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in seasonable aid. Ps. 44, 2. My heart that uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Glory be …
Almighty, everlasting God, who didst prepare in the Heart of the Virgin Mary a worthy dwelling-place for the Holy Ghost; mercifully grant that we, devoutly contemplating the festivity of the same Immaculate Heart, may be enabled to live according to Thy heart. Through our Lord … in union with the same…
Epistle • Ecclus. 24, 23-31
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits; for my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb. My memory is unto everlasting generations. They that eat me, shall yet hunger; and they that drink me, shall yet thirst. He that harkeneth to me shall not be confounded, and they that work by me shall not sin. They that explain me shall have life everlasting.
Gradual • Ps. 12, 6
My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation: I will sing to the Lord, who giveth me good things: yea I will sing to the name of the Lord the most high. Ps. 44, 18. They shall remember thy name throughout all generations. Therefore shall people praise thee for ever: yea, for ever and ever.
Alleluia, alleluia. Luke 1, 46, 47. My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Alleluia.
Gospel • John 19, 25-27
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[The continuation of the history of the Passion of Christ.]
At that time, there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own God.
Offertory • Luke 1, 46, 49
My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour; because He that is mighty hath done great things to me: and holy is His name.
Offering the Immaculate Lamb to Thy Majesty, O Lord, we beg that the divine fire which ineffably inflamed the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary may be lighted in our hearts. Through the same…
Communion • John 19, 27
Jesus said to His mother: Women, behold thy son: Then He said to the disciples: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.
Refreshed by divine gifts we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord, that, by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the solemnity of whose Immaculate Heart we have just venerated, we may be freed from present dangers and may attain to the joys of eternal life. Through the Lord.